Fighting MAGA: Progressive PAC Spends Millions Targeting Trump Havens

By Eliana Regev | Friday, 20 May 2022 22:45
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The Progressive MoveOn.org told Politico on Tuesday it intends to dump $30 million into midterm federal and state races to focus against “MAGA” and candidates supported by former President Donald Trump.

“This election is a choice between all of us who believe in and want to safeguard American democracy so that it works for everyone. And MAGA, which represents the radical right,” MoveOn Executive Director Rahna Epting told Politico. “For us, it’s really being laser-focused on making sure voters understand what’s at stake, and just how great of a risk MAGA has become, and that it’s really become the base of the Republican Party.”

“MAGA” is the acronym for Make America Great Again practiced during Trump’s 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns and represented a movement of his loyal supporters.

Epting told Politico that MoveOn would back a dozen candidates and spend millions of the Democratic windfall in key swing states, including gubernatorial races.

She told Politico that the organization is specifically framing the campaign against Trump and his “MAGA” candidates and their “dangerous ideology.”

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“We need to come together across the political spectrum to defeat this dangerous ideology that is taking hold in the Republican Party,” Epting said in the article.

Among the Democratic benefactors the group plans on backing include gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Beto O’Rourke in Texas.

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On the federal side, MoveOn is throwing its support and money behind Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly in Arizona and Democrat Mandela Barnes in the Wisconsin primary to take on GOP incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson eventually.

In the House races, the group supports incumbent Democrats Rep. Katie Porter and Rep. Mike Levin of California, Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, Rep. Colin Allred of Texas, Rep. Lauren Underwood of Illinois, and Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas, according to the report.

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According to Opensecrets.org, MoveOn ended March with $19.5 million on hand and raised $11.5 million through $200 or fewer contributions.

However, it may take more than just money during this election bid, as Democrats see eroding support among the electorate in several polls.

Republicans currently lead on a generic ballot by 45.4% to 43% as of Monday, the FiveThirtyEight website reports.

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The website also reports that President Joe Biden remains underwater, with 52.6% disapproving of his job performance compared to 41.6% approving.

“Our theory is we know we have a shot at winning, maintaining our Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, which will be hard, but it’s possible,” Epting told Politico.

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